How does the NEC code address this issue?
Two weeks ago I ran three 12/2 NM Romex home runs 40' from main panel; for the fridge, kitchen receptacles; and exhaust fan outlet over the oven. The wire is routed from the basement up behind the kitchen sink and counter. It is a cinder block wall with what looked like 1X6s for firring strips.
I suppose I thought the wire would be protected behind the kitchen counter. I also marked the wall behind the counter, showing where the wires are routed for later when I replace the counter. I'm thinking about going back and redoing everything with new 12/2 BX wire.
Should I do this, go back and run the BX cable or leave the NM wire in place?
That does answer my question.
I just lost my reply, which took me 30 minutes to formulate. Slow witted as I am.
Anyways, I'm really talking about one 9' stretch of #12 wire. The other two wires from where they come through the floor are give or take 4' and 5' long and are set back into the cinder block wall.
I bought that 3/4" metallic pipe to go with my stock pile of other collectibles in the basement. It seemed to small to allow the #12 to dissipate heat. I thought to buy a strip of thick sheet metal to cover it.
I don't plan on working on it for a few weeks; so I have time to think about what to do with it. That puts it number 3 or 4 on my list of about 14 projects.
Thanks for the reply Nap.